Would a Grand Alliance in UP help the SP and Congress?

After several surveys, the Congress is now seriously considering the need for an alliance and had even discussed it with its party MLAs in UP.

Written by Maulshree Seth | Lucknow | Published:November 8, 2016 5:18 pm
Shivpal Yadav, Samajwadi Party, Congress, Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh polls, UP polls, INdia news, Samajwadi Party news, Congress news Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh with Congress leader Digvijay Singh at the inauguration of Kalki Mahotsav 2016 in Sambhal on Monday. (PTI Photo)

Despite several rounds of meetings followed by constant denials about talks on a grand alliance in Uttar Pradesh, there is a tacit acceptance that in the current political scenario, such an alliance would work in everyone’s favour — be it the ruling Samajwadi Party, the Congress, RLD, RJD or the JDU — in their attempts to “defeat the BJP” and restrict the automatic flow of minority votes to the BSP.

At present, those working at the ground say that more than the overall anti-incumbency factor against the government, it is the perception among OBCs that the SP was good for only Yadavs which is hurting the ruling party the most. More than the Yadav family feud, this perception has united non-Yadavs even in its strongholds like Mainpuri, Firozabad, Kannauj, Etawah, as well as eastern Uttar Pradesh. And the SP is well aware of the fact.

There is a general feeling among OBCs that after gaining power, Yadavs benefited in terms of appointments, contracts, prime postings in the police, etc. Muslims are not confident of supporting the Samajwadi Party either: a large section among them feels that the big promises made to them have yielded few actual benefits. Also, the perception that the SP failed to protect them during the Muzaffarnagar riots or in cases like that of the killing of Mohd Akhlaq last year, has harmed the SP with the minorities.

While non-Yadav OBCs are now looking to the BJP, the minorities are looking to the Bahujan Samaj Party which is leaving no stone unturned to woo them. Thus, it is not surprising that the BJP is focusing on Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel in eastern Uttar Pradesh and asking her to lead one of its Parivartan yatras.

This situation has affected the Congress too despite the month-long campaign of Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi who promised loan waivers to farmers among other things. After several surveys, the Congress is now seriously considering the need for an alliance and had even discussed it with its party MLAs in UP. It is with this in mind that the Congress chose to talk of “Most backward caste” reservation within 27 per cent reservation for OBCs.

With a grand alliance, the Samajwadi Party hopes to dilute the antipathy of the non-Yadav communities towards it by getting Nitish Kumar (JDU) to campaign with it, especially in those regions where Anupriya Patel has been asked to focus. At the same time, the party hopes the alliance will boost Muslim confidence in its ability to defeat “the saffron party” and push the BSP into the background.

The alliance would also help the Congress which is already trying to make inroads into Dalit, MBCs and Upper Caste vote banks, especially among Brahmins and Thakurs who feel they have been neglected by the BJP.

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    SubbuI
    Nov 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm
    THE RSS AND BJP WITH THE DISTRUCTIVE NATURE OF THE PARTY PRESIDENT KALNAYAK GANGSTER SHAH MUST BE PLANNING FOR A BIG DISSASTER GAME AS ELECTIONS GETTING CLOSER. THESE NON BJP ALLIANCE MUSTBE AWARE OF THAT. MUSSAFERBAD RIOTS DID MADE LOT OF DIFFERENCE IN LAST LOKSABHA ELECTION.EVEN BSP CAN PLAY AFIX MATCH WITH SAFFRON PARTY LIKE THEY DID IN LOKSABHA ELECTIONS AND LOST EVEN MOST STRONG BSP SEATS TO BJP. lt;br/gt;WHAT EVER MAY BE THE PERMUNTATIONS AND COMBINATIONS . THE DIVISVE AND COMMUNAL BJP MUST BE DEFEATED LIKE IN BIHAR AND DELHI
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      Vikas
      Nov 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm
      If G alliance happens SP will easily cross more than 300 seats as Yadav and Muslims consiutes more than 32% of vote shares apart from some sections of obc and upper caste it will reach more than 40% this much is enough for G alliance to secure more than 300 seats....
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        Arun
        Nov 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm
        It is sorry to see Congress Party of 125 years old has no base in UP or that matter big states in India due to its Divide and rule policy and being looked at corrupt Party with many scams to its discredit.It has to catch feets of region parties to get it accommodated with negligible seats to contest the emblies election.
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          Dev Verma
          Nov 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm
          Congress steeped so low and can lick any bodies a...to get into power but people of India are more matured and smart.
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            Dev Verma
            Nov 8, 2016 at 3:04 pm
            Laughable still playing muslims and yadav cards time has changed. Now people will vote for vikas and development Vikas ji cool head and your vision is way behind hence think bigger than caste systems.
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              Rahul
              Nov 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm
              Kanshi Ram ji used to say - ' Congress ka itna niche girna Hamare liye aur Desh ke liye achcha nahi . Kyoki upper cast votes Congress aur BJP me butne ke bajay ek saath vo manuvadi party ko chala jayega. lt;br/gt; Aur Manuvadiyo ka jitna Bahujan Samaj aur desh heeth me nahi.lt;br/gt; Isliye Congress bahut jyada kamjor nahi hona chahiya .
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                Sangat Singh
                Nov 8, 2016 at 12:25 pm
                Diggy digging into what? A DISASTER, I guess!
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                  Uddipta Bhattacharyya
                  Dec 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm
                  If you look at lok sabha polls,SP and Congress together got only 30% votes as both Congress and SP can't snatch the BJP votes.Their main vote banks are Muslims..So i expect them not to cross 30% mark again..The upper castes,Non yadav OBC,the non jatav dalits are voting for BJP so they can touch 40%..
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                    vish
                    Nov 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm
                    No Joke other than these two jokers coming together ,Congress has become supporter of regional party, no standing of its own .What a shame that National party congress is loosing its independent ideny.
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